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Old 10-21-2013, 06:50 PM   #1
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Hell Town aka Front Royal VA

Who are the inmates in and around Front Royal VA? I use to know a lot of folks in the area but moved to NC and started the WARDS thread.

I'm back in the saddle and ready to ride...Changed my user name back to SkylineKeith and would like to get together with like minded delinquents

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Old 10-21-2013, 07:56 PM   #2
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Who are the inmates in and around Front Royal VA? I use to know a lot of folks in the area but moved to NC and started the WARDS thread.

I'm back in the saddle and ready to ride...Changed my user name back to SkylineKeith and would like to get together with like minded delinquents

You know who you are.

Hell Town? Never heard of it.

Welcome back!

There are numerous inmates around the Front Royal Area but only a few who post regularly. I may have some free time coming up in the next few weeks as long as I can get my bike(s) in order.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:31 PM   #3
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:01 AM   #4
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relatively "new" here. But i'm in Strasburg.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:29 AM   #5
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I live on the South side of town, just past Skyline Drive.

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Old 10-22-2013, 02:24 PM   #6
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but only a few who post regularly.
Some of you guys are making a liar out of me!
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:22 PM   #7
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I'm just past Skyline on Rivermont. Rt 619...which leads to rt678 and to rt675

Sundays are usually good for me for a ride. I tend to work a lot. Sometimes I take Thursdays off.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:34 PM   #8
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Ok, I'm a dumb shit... Why Hell Town?
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:41 PM   #9
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Ok, I'm a dumb shit... Why Hell Town?
The town was originally called "Hell Town" The name changed during the Civil War when the soldiers did not know their left from their right so was told to "Front the Royal oak". The large oak tree was downtown where the gazebo stands today...or so I'm told.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:48 PM   #10
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Some of you guys are making a liar out of me!

Anything to help your reputation Bob!

I'm due west of you, near Wardensville (although I'm 'medically" unhorsed for a while).
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:04 PM   #11
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The town was originally called "Hell Town" The name changed during the Civil War when the soldiers did not know their left from their right so was told to "Front the Royal oak". The large oak tree was downtown where the gazebo stands today...or so I'm told.
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Front Royal, originally settled in 1754 under the name LeHewtown, had been known to European explorers as early as the 1670s, and the nearby settlement of Chester's Ferry was in existence by 1736. The town also had a well-known nickname by the 1790s, "Helltown," due to the many livestock wranglers and boatmen on the Shenandoah coming through the area, who came into town looking for alcohol. It was incorporated as "Front Royal" in 1788. The origin of the name "Front Royal" remains uncertain. One version holds that, in early decades of European settlement, the area was referred to in French as "le front royal," meaning the British frontier. French settlers, trappers, and explorers in the Ohio Territory of the mid-18th century were referring to the land grant made by King Charles II, then in control of Thomas, Lord Fairfax, Baron of Cameron. In English, "le front royal" is translated to the "Royal Frontier." The British themselves may have called the area "Front Royal" after 1763, when they set the so-called Proclamation Line along the spine of the Alleghenies to demarcate the settled portion of the colonies from the Indian Reserve in the interior.

However, another legendary version of the origin of the name has it that, during colonial days, a giant oak tree - the "Royal" Tree of England - stood in the public square where Chester and Main Streets now join. It was there that the local militia, composed of raw recruits slow to learn military commands and maneuvers, were drilled. On one occasion, the sorely tired drill sergeant became so exasperated by the clumsy efforts of his troops and their failure to follow his command that he hit upon a phrase that all could understand and shouted, "front the Royal Oak!" Among the spectators was a former professional soldier. He was so amused by the officer's coined order that he and his friends found much sport in telling the story, repeating "front the Royal Oak" until Front Royal was the resulting derivation.


Still a third account holds that when local militia were stationed around the town during the American Revolution, the sentry would call out "Front", to which the required entry password was to respond "Royal". Eventually their military post became known as "Camp Front Royal".
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Fine...Make a liar out of me. You and your Wiki. Just what I have been told by two wives from this town.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:42 PM   #13
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I'm just past Skyline on Rivermont. Rt 619...which leads to rt678 and to rt675

Sundays are usually good for me for a ride. I tend to work a lot. Sometimes I take Thursdays off.
I'm just off of Rivermont. Not too far from you and mtnpat. I may have some free time here soon...and a new to me bike to rack some miles up on.

What bike(s) do you own/ride?
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:47 PM   #14
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Ok, I'm a dumb shit... Why Hell Town?
There are no such thing as stupid questions.

You've never noticed my "location" before?
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:56 PM   #15
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Anything to help your reputation Bob!

I'm due west of you, near Wardensville (although I'm 'medically" unhorsed for a while).
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Fine...Make a liar out of me. You and your Wiki. Just what I have been told by two wives from this town.
I'd find other sources for local history. Just sayin.
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